When you think about protecting your timber deck from the elements, you may focus on the deck boards you can see. That’s where quality sealants or choosing composite boards can make a difference.
While sealing those top boards remains important, even more crucial is protecting the substructure, the timber you don’t always see, from water damage. The bearers and joists holding up your deck can be especially susceptible to rot. Where moisture gets trapped — especially along the tops of joists and bearers and where screw holes allow moisture in — damage can occur and break down the timber.
The average timber deck begins to experience water damage within 8 to 10 years. The joists and bearers that support your deck need to last for years to come, but harsh Australian weather can be challenging. Be proactive and waterproof from the start!
Trex Protect fights the rot. This non-skid, self-adhesive deck protection tape shields the tops of bearers, joists and the ledger board from moisture that can lead to the development of timber decay and the loosening of deck screws and fasteners.
Trex Protect’s butyl tape is easy to use and simple to apply. Available in two widths – 50 mm x 20 mtr for joists and 100 mm x 20 mtr for bearers —Trex Protect is applied as a cap (vs. wrapping) to horizontal and vertical surfaces, allowing the wood to breathe. It comes with a 20-year warranty that guarantees you will get the life out of your deck.
Hear from builders on why they choose Trex Protect. They say this tape is like putting shingles on the roof of your house. It is a game-changer in protecting timber against water damage.
With just a little bit of extra time and money, you can make sure your deck lasts for years to come!